As John Muir and Ansel Adams well knew, it is not merely in the grand design but in the variety and specificity of the Sierra’s many gifts that our best stories are found. To this we add that it is also in the diversity of the people of our state that we find the most compelling accounts of our cultural heritage.
Join the California Historical Society in celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant, designating the preservation of one of California's most beloved and historically significant landmarks, with Yosemite: A Storied Landscape. Through words and objects, this exhibition dives into the trove of meanings that people have attached to this iconic place so impacted by humans over 3,000 years. Through stories of heroism, invention, tragedy, curiosity, and the unexpected, this exhibition shows a Yosemite through a new lens: as both a reflection of our culture and a place we can truly call our own.
Between February 20 and December 4, 1915, millions of visitors to San Francisco enjoyed the fantastically designed and illuminated Panama–Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), a world’s fair celebrating the completion of the Panama Canal and showcasing San Francisco’s recovery from the 1906 earthquake. Constructed on 635 acres along the city’s northern shore, now known as the Marina District, the PPIE dazzled fairgoers with spectacular architecture—palaces, courts, state and foreign buildings—as well as attractions, exhibitions, and nightly fireworks presentations.